GETTYTurkey has claimed Trump pledged to stop supplying weapons to the YPG
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the pledge was made in a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Mr Cavusoglu said: “President Trump instructed [his generals] in a very open way that the YPG will no longer be given weapons.”
Erdogan’s regime has branded the YPG militia, which has links to Kurdish rebels in Turkey, terrorists.
Turkey has long complained about the US backing of the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia.Related articles
Mr Cavusoglu said: “Our discomfort regarding the provision of weapons to the YPG was conveyed to Mr Trump once again… Trump very clearly said he had given instructions to not provide weapons to the YPG.
“We welcome the promise of not providing weapons to the YPG, and want to see it implemented practically.”
The US has seen the YPG as a key part of its strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria.
Trump very clearly said he had given instructions
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
The White House claimed that although Trump and Erdogan did not name the YPG specifically but did discuss “adjustments” to the US’ support for partners in Syria.
The YPG are seen as an extension of the Kurdish Workers Party which is outlawed and has been battling for years within its own borders.
The two leaders also discussed possible future weapons sales to Turkey from the US.